The residence calculator helps you count the number of days you have lived in Australia.
How to use the calculator
To use the residence calculator, you need to know:
- your permanent residence date
- your lawful residence date
- your intended lodgement date
- dates you travelled in and out of Australia in the last 4 years
Permanent residence date
You need to know the date your permanent residency started. The date depends on if you were in or outside Australia when we granted you a permanent residence visa:
- if you were in Australia, your permanent residence date is the date we issued that visa
- if you were outside Australia, your permanent residence date is the date you first arrived in Australia on that visa
Lawful residence date
You need to know the date your 'lawful residence' started, that is, you first started living in Australia on a valid visa.
For example, you might have arrived in Australia on 1 June 2012 holding a temporary visa. Then on 4 September 2016, we granted you a permanent visa. So, your lawful residence date is 1 June 2012 and your permanent residence date is 4 September 2016.
Intended lodgement date
Your intended lodgement date is the date you plan to lodge your application for Australian citizenship.
Absences from Australia
You need to know the dates you travelled in and out of Australia in the last 4 years. Select 'Add details' to enter those dates in the residence calculator.
Travel dates might be stamped into your passport. Look for stamps with the words 'departed' and 'arrived' and enter the dates in the 'from Date' and 'to Date' fields.
If you plan to travel before lodging your application, include those future dates as well.